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Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club News Report Friday 9th April 2021

Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club News Report Friday 9th April 2021

The long awaited Easter Pairs Tournament finally arrived after much planning and preparation by many personnel involved in the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club. A record 32 teams representing 22 different clubs from a wide variation in localities  took part, filling both greens.

Day 1 dawned as a long forgotten summers day, reaching 34 degrees by the middle of the afternoon. Bowling conditions were good and some great bowls were played across the rinks, however the heat of the day and an increasing wind meant that the bowlers were pleased to get into the clubrooms to enjoy the air conditioning and cool refreshments after completing a total of 36 ends throughout the day.

At the completion of Day 1 the teams to hold the top 7 positions as contenders for the prize money were as in order: John Wallis and Ken Prewitt (RSL & Dunkeld) with 88 points, Peter and Jude Fasoli (RSL) 81 points, Chris Fleming and Paul Cameron (RSL & Apollo Bay) 80 points, Damien Riches and John Carlin (Cobden) 79 points, Daniel Langdon and Wayne Ross (Mt. Gambier BC & Millicent) 61 points, Glenn Wright and Peter Gregory (Mt. Gambier RSL & Robe) 61 points, Peter Roachock and Tim Wrightson (Mt. Gambier BC & Port Macdonnell) 60 points.

Day 2 dawned with cooler conditions bringing relief to players. Once again the green conditions for the bowlers were holding up despite the heavy traffic of a tournament. The highlight match at the beginning of the day, drawing interest from spectators and being played on rink 1 was the Wallis and Prewitt combo holding 1st placing, playing against Fleming and Cameron holding third spot. After a closely contended first half of the match, the Fleming and Cameron duo drew away to a comfortable win.  Interest was also on the local Fasoli duo. With the last game of the day to be played, Fleming and Fasoli were equal on 135 points, whilst the Riches duo were only 3 points behind. Spectators were enthralled with the tight finish. Ultimately it was Fasoli and Fleming duo’s who held against the pressure to win all six games of the tournament but Peter and Jude Fasoli had one extra point on the board taking out the tournament with 163 points.

The top 7 prize winners at the completion of the event were as follows: Peter and Jude Fasoli (RSL) 163 points, Chris Fleming and Paul Cameron (RSL & Apollo Bay) 162 points, John Wallis and Ken Prewitt (RSL & Dunkeld) with 148 points, Gary Body and Damien Broderick (Camperdown Golf BC & Bendigo BC) 142 points,  Damien Riches and John Carlin (Cobden) 138 points, Peter Cottier and Graeme Solly (Portland BC & RSL) 120, Daniel Langdon and Wayne Ross (Mt. Gambier BC & Millicent) 118 points.

Congratulations to Peter & Jude Fasoli on coming away the victors of the tournament in a closely fought event with the runners up Fleming and Cameron. Congratulatory recognition must also go to the other top 7 place getters in the competition, along with all competitors over the two days. Great bowls were played with a positive camaraderie amongst all teams throughout the event.

Prize money was also awarded to best game winners in each of the six games for the duration of the tournament. The winners are listed as follows: Best 1st game winner – David McNicoll and Brenda Parker (Mortlake & Warrnambool), 2nd game winner – Ken Smith and Jo Sykes (Robe), 3rd game winner – Glenn Wright and Peter Gregory (Mt. Gambier RSL & Robe), 4th game winner – Brent O’Rourke and Julie Dosser (City Memorial), 5th game winner –  Greg Hoggan and Kim Overall (RSL), and 6th game winner Aaron Finch and Max Saunders (Timboon)

A huge thankyou must be passed onto Ray Lucas the major sponsor of the Annual Easter Tournament. His generosity and support of the event is greatly appreciated by the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club, its members and of course all prize winners of the tournament and competitors.

Of course there are many other people to acknowledge in running such a large and successful event. These range from the secretarial aspects of the tournament in Jim Scott, the green’s and match committees, collators of results, volunteers over both days, management and staff. A sincere thankyou to all.

The bowling season is soon coming to a close with the following up and coming events to take place over the remaining month of April:

Presentation Day will be on Sunday 11th April. Names need to be in by 12:30 for a 1:00pm start. Two games of bowls is on offer followed by afternoon tea and presentations of trophies

The club is holding its AGM on Monday the 12th April at 7:00pm at the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club

There is also an up and coming 2 Bowls Triples Tournament being held on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April involving 6 games of 14 ends over 2 days. Great prize money on offer.

Social bowls is still on the agenda both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Names in by 12:30 for a 1:00pm start.

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